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Old 09-29-2005, 10:28 PM   #1
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Suse 9.3 gcc-g++ Installation Problem

I have recently installed Suse 9,3 and one application needs g++ 3.4 in order to work.
The Suse 9.3 distribution comes with gcc-g++ and version 3.4 is NOT avaiable, either on the installation CDs or the online update through Yast.
Therefore , I had to forget the convenient way of RPMs and look for the packages elsewhere.
I finally found the packages:


I sucessfully compiled and installed the first , gcc-3.4.1.tar.gz.

My problem is with the second , the g++.
When I "tar -zxvf" the archive, I get two folders, libstdc++-v3 and gcc...
in folder gcc is another folder,"cp" with .h files.
in folder libstdc++-v3 is a "configure" file, but when I run it, it exits with an error:

"Cannot find install-sh in ./../.."
So I guessed I had to move the folders into the previous installation of gcc.
when I run configure now, I get another "cannot find file" error...
So I guess I'm doing something wrong generally....

What is the proper way to install gcc 3.4? and g++ ?
Is it so hard to be done?

Thank you all in advance for your help.
Old 09-29-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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i don't know for sure but possibly you have slackware packages there
use a package from here

please never install a non-distribution compiler --prefix=usr over your other original one
everything will get borked
gcc versions are not reverse compatable

to get g++ just use

generally unless you know what you are doing compiling a new compiler with an older version is a little tricky and you could end up with junk from both mixed together

i hesitate to put this because i am not 100% sure but i think for that version you should use this
i say put it in /opt/gcc-3.4 to be safe
start off in the package directory after you untar it then
mkdir ../gcc-build
cd ../gcc-build
../gcc-3.4.0/configure --prefix=/opt/gcc-3.4  --enable-shared --enable-threads=posix --enable-__cxa_atexit  --enable-languages=c,c++
(i'm not sure about --enable-__cxa_atexit i know it works for 3.4.1 if it doesn't recognize the flag leave it out)
then and this bootstap switch is important
make bootstrap
make install
after you are done you will have to add the lib path /opt/gcc-3.4/lib to /etc/ and as root run

Last edited by foo_bar_foo; 09-29-2005 at 11:16 PM.
Old 09-30-2005, 02:03 AM   #3
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first you download the gcc-3.4.1.tar.gz properly,then use this cmd
gunzip gcc-3.4.1.tar.gz
then tar -xvf gcc-3.4.1.tar then u get a directory there u search for make or or setup and install it,

Old 09-30-2005, 08:53 AM   #4
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Hello again..

foo_bar_foo, I did exactly what you wrote and the installation finished without any errors.

I also added the line in and ran ldconfig as root, no errors either.
But when I try to run the program , it still says that I need 3.4 or later...
I checked the folder /opt/gcc-3.4.1 and exists properly with all the folders inside.

Is there something I must do to make the system "See" the new gcc? should I remove the old gcc from Yast?
what is the safe procedure to do this and let the system see the newly installed gcc?

Thank you all for your help,

Old 09-30-2005, 06:27 PM   #5
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You do not want to replace these packages with the latest versions. You want to goto:

Control Center>yast2 modules>software>change source of installation

Give an ftp source like



and make this the only active source




Install and remove software



Package groups

go all the way to the bottom

select the last item:


scroll to the g's

on the packages you want to update, or install:

right click on the package name

select what you want to do

Do this for every package you want to update or install.

Do not use compiler versions that are not designed for SuSE 9.3

That is one package you should let SuSE update. It is a very critical package


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